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Kerri Walsh Jennings eyes World Championships return

Kerri Walsh Jennings

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 28: Kerri Walsh of the United States in action during her match against Agatha Rippel and Barbara Seixas of Brazil at third place of the Brazil v USA Beach Volleyball International Challenge at Copacabana beach on February 28, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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Three-time Olympic beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh Jennings will miss this week’s FIVB World Tour event in St. Petersburg, Fla., and plans to return to competition from a dislocated right shoulder at next week’s World Beach Volleyball Championships, according to her social media.

“I have no major damage (aside from a mental scar from seeing my shoulder out of place ) and have been making good steady progress,” Walsh Jennings, a 36-year-old mother of three with four prior shoulder surgeries, said on Facebook.

Walsh Jennings dislocated her right shoulder playing with Olympic silver medalist partner April Ross on May 27 in Moscow.

Ross will play with Whitney Pavlik this week, according to Walsh Jennings’ post.

Brazil’s Larissa and Talita and Walsh Jennings and Ross both won four FIVB World Tour events last season, twice as many as any other pair.

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